How to make -
Interlined Roman Blind
Traditional Rod Pockets
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BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

BLIND SAFETY
Blind Safety

This website is viewed globally and at the last time of looking had been used by people from 136 different countries.

The instructions and videos on this website show you the traditional methods of making a roman blind. Many countries have introduced safety regulations with respect to child safety, to reduce the threat of injury or strangulation to young children from the cords of roman blinds.

It is your responsibilty to find out what the regulations are for your country and modify these instructions to make your blind compliant with those regulations

Examples of safety advice and rules used by some countries of the world are:

  • Do not place furniture or beds near windows where children can climb up and access the blind cords.
  • For roman blinds with rod pockets greater than 20cms apart at any point a breakaway device must be used on each cord.
  • The cleat must be 150cms from the floor and accumulate all/most of the cord – only a single cord of no more than 20cms can hang below the cleat.
  • The bottom loop of the chain or cord must be 150cms from the floor and secured with a safety device OR If the operating chain/cord has a breakaway device then the bottom loop of the cord/chain can be 60cms from the floor.
  • Some countries require that all the blind's components have been tested and certified when used together.

Materials
  • - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Interlining
  • - Thread
  • - Velcro Loop Tape
  • - Cord
  • - Rods
  • - Bottom Bar
  • - Rings
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Tape Measure
  • - Needles
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Options
  • - Wooden Batten
  • - Velcro Hook Tape
  • - Screw Eyes
  • - Acorn
  • - Cleat Hook
  • - Cord
  • - Staple Gun
  • or
  • - Headrail Kit
  • - Hacksaw
  • This tutorial is for making an interlined roman blind. The finished blind will show no stitch lines through to the face fabric and have mitred corners, giving it a professional finish.

    It includes

    • FREE Full Written Instructions
    • Videos
    • Diagrams
    • Tips
    • Definitions
    • Example Calculations
    • Tools Required
    • Materials Required
    • Extra Help

    Interling lining a Roman blind gives it a thicker, softer more sumptuous feel than a cotton lined blind. There is not much more work involved than making a lined blind. We think the end result is worth the small extra effort.

    The instructions show you how to make the blind with a traditional wooden batten or a blind kit. The making up of the blind is the same in all cases until you reach step 10 where you either make up the wooden batten headrail, or adjust the metal headrail in the kit.

    1. Traditional Wooden Batten - Pull Cord

    The classic way to make the blind which will give an elegant finish, however more work is involved and you will need to buy all the bits. The blind is held in an up position by securing the cord to a cleat.

    2. Metal Headrail - Chain Link (Blind Kit)

    Pulls up using a chain loop which is particularly good for heavy and wide blinds. It is safer with children as there is not a long cord hanging down when the blind is pulled up. The blind will sit in any positon you pull it to and the metal headrail will only need cutting to size and adjusting.

    AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES

    Roman blinds are not difficult to make but require accurate measuring and care must be taken to get straight edges and square corners. These instructions have been developed by Cindy Taylor an experienced curtain and blind maker. There are tips included and with the benefit of her experience you will avoid common mistakes that can be made. Here's a few to start you off.

    • Golden Rule in blind making, always keep checking everything is straight, square and a true right angle.
    • Always measure twice before cutting once.
    • Measure rod pocket positions from the bottom of the lining not each other, so you don't compound small errors. (Step 5)
    • When pressing be careful not to shrink the fabric, take care not to use too hot an iron and avoid using steam as it may stain fabric as well as cause shrinkage. If you need to press the fabric, press it before measuring and cutting so any potential shrinkage will occur before the blind is made.
    • If the blind is more than 1 width of fabric wide put the extra fabric on the outside edges, rather than have a seam up the middle. (Step 5 + 6). Alternatively if the fabric is plain and drop is less than 120cm, consider using the fabric and lining horizontally to avoid any joins.
    • Put a pin in the top righthand corner of the right side of a fabric or lining when you cut each drop. This helps you get the plain fabric/lining all the right way up and facing the right way when joining it. The difference in grain and sheen can be very subtle.
    • Make sure the bottoms of the joined fabric or lining are straight after joining. (Step 5 + 6)

    REMEMBER

    If you have any questions or queries regarding the tutorial post them in the Extra Help section of the Tutorial Step.

    We will reply for all to see the answer.

    TUTORIAL USER COMMENTS

    What a fantastic tutorial..Thank you.........Viv

    I love your vidoes as they have given me the confidence to make my own curtains and blinds...........Julie